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The three-day hearing into Fonterra's $200 million plant expansion plans has started.
Volatility and uncertainly is a problem for sheep and beef farmers, Beef+Lamb boss Mike Petersen says.
Sheep might want their wool on their backs for the cold winter months, but farmers say they shear in winter to get heavier lambs and better wool.
Picking feijoas is a family affair at the weekend for the Stones.
The pace of farm sales has quickened in recent months, with farms selling at prices 20 per cent more than a year ago.
It's that time of year when farmers flock to Mystery Creek, looking for the innovations and bargains.